Mickelson Love Share 54-Hole at Baltusrol

By Sports NetworkAugust 13, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III share the lead at six-under-par 204 after three rounds of the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.
 
Mickelson, who has held at least a piece of the lead after each of the first three rounds, struggled to a two-over 72 on Saturday. Love, the 1997 PGA Champion, posted his third consecutive round of two-under 68.
 
Davis Love III
Davis Love III posted a six birdie, four bogey day to climb into a tie with Phil Mickelson.
The last time Mickelson held at least a share of the third-round lead in a major championship was the 2004 Masters, the site of his only victory in the major spotlight.
 
Love's last 54-hole lead in a major was the '97 PGA at Winged Foot, which was also his only major title.
 
'I enjoy playing with Phil, and Jim, his caddie, is one of my good friends. It'll be a lot of fun,' said Love, who tied for sixth at this year's U.S. Open, but missed the cut in the other two majors. 'We're playing for the PGA tomorrow, so friendship is aside, but it'll be a good day.'
 
Thomas Bjorn matched several records on Saturday. He fired a seven-under 63 in the third round and vaulted up to third place at five-under-par 205.
 
The 63 equaled the best round in any major championship and was the ninth time that number was posted in a PGA Championship. Bjorn tied Baltusrol's course record that Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf shot in the 1980 U.S. Open.
 
'To post this kind of number is certainly special for me, and I'll certainly remember that for the rest of my life,' said Bjorn. 'It's a long list, but it's a good list to be a part of.'
 
Tiger Woods, who birdied the 18th hole on Friday to make the cut on the number, carded a four-under 66 on Saturday and moved into a tie for 20th at even-par 210.
 
Woods bogeyed his first hole, then recorded five birdies the rest of the way. He had several more opportunities, but missed a five-footer for birdie at 12 and 12-footer at 13.
 
On the par-five 18th, he reached the green in two, but blew his 25-foot eagle try 15 feet past the hole. Woods missed the birdie try and left with a three- putt par.
 
'It's not about misreading anything that speed. I just hit it way too hard,' said Woods, referring to his three-putt par at 18.
 
Defending champion Vijay Singh collected 17 pars, then birdied No. 18 for a one-under 69. He is tied for fourth place at minus-four with 1995 winner Steve Elkington (68), Pat Perez (67) and Stuart Appleby (69).
 
Everyone will be looking up at the American co-leaders.
 
Love, who began the third round four behind Mickelson, flew out of the gate with a five-foot birdie putt at the first. He made it two in a row with a 15- footer at the second, but things quickly turned for Love.
 
He fell down the leaderboard with back-to-back bogeys at six and seven, then dropped another shot to par at the 10th to fall to three-under par for the championship.
 
Luckily for Love, Mickelson was sinking as well.
 
He made a mess of the second hole en route to a bogey, then three-putted from 35 feet for a bogey at the fifth. Mickelson picked up his second bogey in a row at six when he went from the left rough to a greenside bunker. That bogey dropped him into a tie with Bjorn, who had already been in the clubhouse for several hours.
 
Love made the first move to distance himself from the rest of the field. He birdied the 11th, then drained a seven-foot birdie putt at the 13th to get within one of Mickelson, who coasted along with pars, including a 12-foot save at the ninth.
 
Mickelson tallied his first birdie of the round on Saturday at the par-three 12th. He sank the 15-foot putt to move one ahead of Bjorn and Love.
 
Love rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt at the 15th to join Mickelson atop the leaderboard at minus-six. Love fell out of the tie quickly as he three-putted the 16th green for a bogey.
 
Baltusrol's par-five closing holes played a key role in the third round. Love ripped a drive down the fairway and knocked his second through the green at the 650-yard 17th. He hit a beautiful pitch that ran three feet past the hole, but he converted the birdie putt to rejoin Mickelson in the lead.
 
Love parred 18 to get in at minus-six, but with Mickelson's length, one had to expect the lefthander to collect at least one birdie. Mickelson certainly had his chances.
 
At 17, Mickelson actually laid up short with his second, but knocked a wedge to six feet. He missed that putt, but still had the reachable 18th. Mickelson drove it into the left rough, then hit his second over the green. He received a drop as he was near a tower, then pitched his third five feet short. Mickelson missed that short one and so it is a tie with one round to play.
 
'To still be in the lead is a big bonus,' admitted Mickelson, whose best finish at the PGA was second in 2001. 'I missed a couple of short putts on 17 and 18, that were tough, but I still could have made them. I fought hard to stay in the lead.'
 
The final pairing is an interesting twosome. They are Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup partners, but both are more known for their unfortunate lack of success in the majors.
 
Mickelson and Love have combined for 44 PGA Tour victories, but only two major championships. Each carried the tag, 'Best Player to Never Win a Major,' but each has put themselves in position for major No. 2.
 
'I've been disappointed,' admitted Love, referring to his poor record in majors. 'You arrogantly think that if you win one, the rest are easy. The second one is just as hard.'
 
Mickelson decided not to speak about a possible second major.
 
'I've got a lot to worry about for the next 18 holes, and the last thing I want to do is jump ahead,' said Mickelson.
 
Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen (69), 2003 British Open winner Ben Curtis (67), Jason Bohn (68), Greg Owen (70) and Lee Westwood (71) are knotted in eighth at minus-three.
 
Jerry Kelly, who was alone in second after the second round, shot a four-over 74 and is part of a group tied for 14th place at one-under-par 209.
 
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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

    Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.